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Published Dec. 10, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently launched its New Start Feasibility Study of the Portland metropolitan area levee system. The three-year federal feasibility study process will lead to a recommendation to Congress for federal investment in addressing the problem areas and vulnerabilities in the area’s local levee and drainage system.

The Corps will hold two open-house style meetings in December; the meetings are designed to engage community members in discussing the study process, upcoming milestones, and the development of preliminary alternatives.

Meeting dates, times and locations:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Rockwood Public Safety Building
675 NE 181st Ave, Gresham
accessible via TriMet Blue Line & Bus #87 & #25

Thursday, December 13, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Drainage District
1880 NE Elrod Drive, Portland
accessible via TriMet Bus #70


During both meetings, the Corps and the non-Federal Sponsor, Multnomah County Drainage District will have staff on hand to discuss the various activities underway to inform decision-making around the modernization of the levees. This will include flows and flood risk, geotechnical studies of the levees, and the economic risk and consequences posed by various flooding scenarios, as well as the effects on natural and cultural resources of alternatives considered. The Corps would like to hear the concerns and ideas of community members regarding the Columbia Corridor levee system and managed floodplain.

Sharon Gavin

Release no. 18-117

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